September 24, 2015 — A man who was diagnosed with bone cancer after being exposed to the weed-killer Roundup as a fieldworker has filed a lawsuit against Monsanto Co.
The man, Enrique Rubio, filed his lawsuit (PDF) in federal court in California (Case No. 2:15-cv-7426) on September 22.
Rubio says he was employed as a pesticide and herbicide applicator at farms in Oregon, California, and Texas from 1988-1993. He was routinely exposed to Roundup but given only a paper face mask for protection.
After being diagnosed with bone cancer in 1995, Rubio was disabled and unable to work. He now lives with family in Colorado. Monsanto is accused of failing to warn that Roundup can potentially cause cancer. According to the lawsuit:
“Agricultural workers are, once again, victims of corporate greed. … Monsanto assured the public that Roundup was harmless. In order to prove this, Monsanto championed falsified data and attacked legitimate studies that revealed its dangers.”
In March 2015, the World Health Organization’s cancer research agency declared Roundup a “probable human carcinogen.” Investigators linked Roundup to higher rates of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other cancers affecting the blood bone marrow, and lymphatic system.
Growing concerns about its carcinogenic effects promoted the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal EPA) to file a notice of intent to label Roundup as a known “cancer causing compound.”
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